Thongloun Sisoulith

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Thongloun Sisoulith
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17th Prime Minister of Laos
Assumed office
20 April 2016
President Bounnhang Vorachith
Preceded by Thongsing Thammavong
Personal details
Born (1946-11-10) 10 November 1946 (age 72)
Houaphanh Province, Laos
Political party Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Alma mater Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat
Herzen University
Russian Academy of Sciences (Ph.D) [1]

Thongloun Sisoulith (Lao : ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ; born 10 November 1946) is a Laotian politician who has been Prime Minister of Laos since 2016. Previously he was Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2016, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2016. He is a politburo member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, ranking fourth.

Lao language Tai–Kadai language official in Laos

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He was chosen to become Prime Minister of Laos at the 10th Party Congress on 23 January 2016. [2]

The 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) was held in Vientiane from 18–22 January 2016. The congress occurs once every five years. A total of 685 delegates represented the party's 252,879 card-carrying members.

Life and career

Sisoulith was born in the Houaphan province of Laos, and he studied at Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat in Houaphan from 1962 to 1969. He was further educated in the Soviet Union and Vietnam. In addition to Lao, he speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English.

Soviet Union 1922–1991 country in Europe and Asia

The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a federal sovereign state in northern Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was a one-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Other major urban centers were Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Tashkent, Alma-Ata, and Novosibirsk. It spanned over 10,000 kilometers (6,200 mi) east to west across 11 time zones, and over 7,200 kilometers (4,500 mi) north to south. It had five climate zones: tundra, taiga, steppes, desert and mountains.

Vietnam Country in Southeast Asia

Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the 15th most populous country in the world. Vietnam shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. It shares its maritime borders with Thailand through the Gulf of Thailand, and the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia through the South China Sea. Its capital city is Hanoi, while its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese language official and national language of Vietnam

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  1. "19th International Conference on The Future of Asia".
  2. Ron Corben (24 January 2016). "Laos Undergoes Communist Party Leadership Change". Voice of America . Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. "Laos new cabinet lineup", Asian Political News, April 2, 2001.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thongsing Thammavong
Prime Minister of Laos